November 23 Devotional

Every person that has ever lived has had to cope with problems.  It seems sometimes that we wake up facing problems, and then spend our whole day trying to solve them.  I’m sure that there are times that you just wish you could have a day without anything going wrong; without anyone complaining about what you have done, or are doing.  The Bible tells us that we are going to have problems in this life.  That is not the greatest promise, but the one that follows is.  “Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.  For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favor is life: Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:4-5).


If God is getting angry at us, it is because we are allowing the sin that He hates to rule in our lives.  God is righteous and is justified to have anger when we turn our back to Him.  There is a chastening, or a disciplining that comes when we violate the principles of the Word of God.  However, as this writer here says, it is only temporary.  Let me encourage you today to realize that the difficulties you may be facing today, can result in joy for tomorrow if you have the right reaction to them.


I have written before about some of the discipline I received as a young boy.  I never liked the discipline then.  As a matter of fact, I can remember begging, and making incredible promises that I would live a life of perfection if I could just avoid one spanking.  Thankfully, my mother was smarter than me and knew I needed the spanking to help me to experience the joy later.  Today I am a father/grandfather and I can tell you with a totally honest heart that I am very thankful that my parents paid the price to discipline me as a young boy.  Without that discipline as a young boy, I hate to think about where I would be today.  God has a righteous anger toward sin.  We should thank Him that He will share that with us when we walk in opposition to His will.


Oh, I know at the time it is tough, but in the “morning” there will be rejoicing if we have the right attitude.  Don’t fight against the discipline of God in your life.  Repent, accept the consequences, and make adjustments so you will do better the next time you face that same temptation.  When I coached sports, I told my players there are two kinds of people in the world.  The loser makes excuses when scolded; the winner accepts responsibility and then makes adjustments.  There can be joy in the morning for you, if you will have the proper reaction to the discipline.  Be a winner today!

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